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Trimming the Christmas tree is a longtime family tradition, with warm winter drinks that match our mood. Mulled cider, mulled wine, and my favorite – Peppermint Mexican Hot Chocolate – are the three holiday beverages we sip as we transform our home into a winter wonderland.

The Peppermint Mexican Hot Chocolate is super easy to make and can be customized to your friend and family preferences – whipped cream, sprinkles, cinnamon, marshmallows and more.

Peppermint Mexican Hot Chocolate

– 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1 quart milk
– 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (3 ounces)
– 7 peppermint sticks; 3 crushed (1/4 cup), 4 left whole
– pinch of salt

1. Place cocoa in a medium saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk until cocoa has dissolved. Add chocolate chips and crushed peppermint; simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate and peppermint have melted, 8 to 10 minutes.

2. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Add salt. Ladle into mugs; serve each with a peppermint stick.

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